GIG GUIDE: August 8th – 14th

THURSDAY: The Bungalows, Sticky Fingers @ Yours and Owls
8pm, $10, 18+

THURSDAY: Southerly Change, Swing Booty @ Sol Studios
8pm, $10, all ages

FRIDAY: Regurgitator, Disasteradio, Sydney Girls Choir @ Unibar
8pm, $15, 18+

FRIDAY: Justin Derrico, Alotta Presha, The Good God Damned, A Cat Named Kesey @ Waves Nightclub, Towradgi
8pm, $30, 18+ (CLICK TO BUY TICKETS)

FRIDAY: Mom Dad & The Kids, Let Me Down Jungleman @ Yours and Owls
8pm, 18+

FRIDAY: Blueberry Circuit, The Maze, Tommy M & The Mastersounds, Abstract Classic @ City Diggers (KidzWish Fundraising Concert)
7.30pm, $10, all ages (under 18s need to be signed in by an adult)

FRIDAY: Acid Monkeys (album launch), Baby Machine, Rock Steady Dub Militia @ Dicey Riley’s
9pm, free, 18+

SATURDAY: Ash Grunwald @ Waves Nightclub, Towradgi
8pm, $23.50, 18+ (CLICK TO BUY TICKETS)

SATURDAY: WIM, The Preachers @ Yours and Owls
8pm, $10, 18+

SATURDAY: Mortal Sin, Wolfkhan, Nekrofeist, Casket @ The Patch
7.30pm, $15, 18+

SUNDAY: Holland, I Am Apollo, Jack R Reilly @ Yours and Owls
8pm, 18+

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TOUR NEWS: Joelistics, WIM

Aussie rapper Joelistics (of TZU) will play Waves Nightclub, Towradgi, on August 5th as part of his first national solo tour. After gaining rave reviews for his debut album, ‘Voyager,’ and his live show supporting The Herd and Lowrider, Joelistics will be in the area in August with special guests Ishu and Sietta. Tickets are on sale now through Moshtix.

Modular Records-signed dreamy pop band, WIM, will also be playing Wollongong in August. Returning to the area after supporting Grace Woodroofe at the Otis Bar earlier in the year, the five-piece will bring their dreamy, blissful music to Yours and Owls cafe on August 13th. Tickets available at the door. See the Facebook event page for more info.

WEEKLY PREVIEW – May 16-22

GIG OF THE WEEK:

SUNDAY: Parkway Drive, Miss May I, The Wonder Years, Confession, Elite Element @ WIN Entertainment Centre
5pm, $40, all ages (tickets through Oztix)

This week’s Gig Of The Week was a no-brainer; no matter your views on their music, Parkway Drive are one of the biggest acts in the country, and have been for several years. They’ve sold out multiple dates at some of the country’s biggest venues including UNSW Roundhouse and the Hordern Pavilion, headlined tours worldwide, have picked up an ARIA award, and just today their latest album, ‘Deep Blue,’ was certified Gold by ARIA (over 35,000 copies sold). And all this from a band that was playing tiny shows at the Wollongong Youth Centre just five years ago. Parkway’s rise from obscurity to world-class leaders of metalcore has been nothing short of stunning, and is typified by the venue for their next trip to Wollongong; the WIN Entertainment Centre, where Parkway will play the same stage that has hosted the likes of Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Tom Jones and Pink.
Parkway are one of the biggest acts in the country, and to have them still return to the local area is a real coup. Also on the aptly named “Mix N Mash Tour” is American metalcore group Miss May I, US pop-punkers The Wonder Years, and Melbourne’s Confession. Opening the show will be local boys Elite Element, so make sure you get in early and support some local talent.
This is an all ages show with an early start (5pm), so you’ll be assured of being tucked up in bed early on a school night…

ALSO THIS WEEK:

TUESDAY: Wollongong Uni Band Comp @ Unibar
feat. The Plasmon Resonance Band, Vanguard Party, The Marr Street Crawl, The Professors, Fiend
7pm, free, 18+

WEDNESDAY: Vulpes Vulpes @ Wollongong Uni ‘Lunch on the Lawn’
12.30pm

WEDNESDAY: Citizen Of The Sea, Bec Sandridge, Bennie James @ Harp Hotel
8pm, $5, 18+

THURSDAY: Monstrocity @ City Diggers
feat. Trial Kennedy, Numbers Radio, The Conspiracy Plan, Atticus
6pm, $15, 18+ (tickets through Oztix)

THURSDAY: Gypsy & The Cat, WIM @ Unibar
8pm, $25, 18+ (tickets through Oztix)

THURSDAY: Mylee Grace @ Yours and Owls
8pm, free, 18+ 

THURSDAY: Dark Order, In Malice Wake, Desecrator, Rampage @ The Patch
8pm, 18+

FRIDAY: ‘Live and Local’ @ Dicey Rileys
feat. Atticus, Young Braves, The Plasmon Resonance Band
9pm, free, 18+

FRIDAY: ‘High Tide’ @ The Driftwood Shed, Terara
feat. Penny & The Mystics, Born With Buttons, Brock Lette
4pm, $10 (pre-sale only – through Shoalhaven River Boat Hire)

FRIDAY: Traces Of Nut, Delinquent, Red Sky, Lint @ The Patch
8pm, $5, 18+

FRIDAY: Rock 4 Red Band Night @ Shellharbour Salvation Army Centre
feat. Maesarc, Koye, MTS, Kaleidoscope, Abstract Classic
6pm, $5, all ages

SATURDAY: Smasheddybash, Rocksteady Dub Militia, Acid Monkeys, Ram Ones @ The Patch
8pm, $5, 18+

SUNDAY: Penny & The Mystics @ Towradgi Beach Hotel
5pm-7pm

We’re always happy to help out! If you would like to include an event in Radar’s weekly gig guide, contact:
radar.illawarra@gmail.com

WEEKLY PREVIEW: 28 March-3 April

GIG OF THE WEEK:
The Holidays, Gold Fields @ Unibar
8pm, $15/$18, 18+

A number of great gigs in Wollongong this week, with The Holidays at the University heading up the list. Fresh off playing South By South West music conference in Texas, the Sydney band will take to the Unibar stage to show off their Red Bull Music Prize-winning debut album, ‘Post Paradise.’ A dreamy, laidback blend of pop and summery synthrock, ‘Post Paradise’ put The Holidays at the forefront of a new wave of Australian electro-pop emergent in 2010. After their SXSW appearances, a slot on the national Laneway Festival, and an upcoming tour with Cut Copy, The Holidays are set to make 2011 their year.
Also on the bill are Ballarat’s Gold Fields; a real air of expectation surrounds this young five-piece, who have already toured the UK, racked up a number of impressive tour slots and scored high praise from Triple J on the back of impressive single ‘Treehouse.’ With more a full-sounding dance-rock sound in the vein of Friendly Fires or The Naked & Famous, Gold Fields are similar enough to the headliners to make a sonically consistent show, but different enough to make it an interesting double-bill. Be sure to catch both these bands in the small setting of the Unibar; the next tours these bands do, are sure to be much bigger.

Also this week are a couple of FREE, ALL AGES events being run by the Wollongong Youth Centre as part of National Youth Week. Friday night is the huge “Youth Fest” being held in McCabe Park featuring Mercury Bluescope band comp finalists The Maze, alongside a stack of other great local acts; and young music fans will be able to spend Saturday afternoon at a gig too, with the Youth Centre hosting Losing With Style, Thomas Covenant and the Flat White Cats.
If you’re a young person in Wollongong, get out and support these events; gigs can only happen if enough people come along to support the bands playing, and to support the Youth Centre organising them. It’s not often that you can see three free, all ages gigs in this town, so get out and get behind them!

ALSO THIS WEEK:

WEDNESDAY: Sparkadia, Operator Please, Alpine @ Unibar
8pm, $22.50, 18+

THURSDAY: The Go Set, Attila The Stockbroker (UK), Sydney Girls Choir, Handsome Young Strangers @ The Harp Hotel
8pm, $12, 18+

FRIDAY:  Wollongong Youth Centre’s “Youth Fest”
Featuring: Endeavours, The Maze, Friends With Benefits, The Bittersweet Empire, Leebold Hill, Stay Down, Saralisse @ McCabe Park, Wollongong
7pm, FREE, all ages

FRIDAY: Grace Woodroofe, WIM @ Otis Bar
8pm, $10, 18+

SATURDAY: Kaleidoscope, We All Want To, The Flat White Cats @ The Patch
8pm, 18+

SATURDAY: Losing With Style, Thomas Covenant (CD launch show), The Flat White Cats, Apollo 93, Grey Tempest @ Wollongong Youth Centre
12pm, FREE, all ages


We’re always happy to help out! If you would like to include an event in Radar’s weekly gig guide, please contact radar.illawarra@gmail.com

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